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Santa Monica Big Blue Bus Passes Now Available on Smartphones

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Starting April 3, Santa Monica’s Big Blue Bus will give riders the option of paying their fares through their smartphones. According to a report released today on the City’s website, the municipal transit service started...

Officials: Santa Monica High School Currently on Lockdown Due to Police Activity in the...

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UPDATE:  As of 1:50 p.m., the lockdown has been lifted, according to SMPD officials. Santa Monica High School is currently on lockdown due to police activity in the area, according to a District officials. In a tweet...

Fake News: Santa Monica Edition

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For a city its size, Santa Monica has a robust media ecosystem of locally-focused print and digital news publications. With a population just shy of 100,000, Santa Monica boasts several print papers and two...

Downtown Santa Monica to Get Pedestrian Scrambles at 11 Intersections

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Officials are planning to install pedestrian scrambles at 11 intersections in Santa Monica's bustling downtown district this year (Update: City officials said that they plan to have the scrambles finished by the end of June). Pedestrian...

Santa Monica Teen Identified as Body Discovered in Long Beach Along L.A. River

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According to media and police reports, 17-year-old Santa Monica local Leslie Hernandez was found dead in Long Beach early last Thursday morning. Authorities discovered her body after receiving a call around 1:30 a.m. on April...

Recent Spate of Fatal Crashes in Santa Monica a Sobering Reminder of Gaps in...

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Earlier this week, a woman was killed after she was struck by a driver as she crossed Santa Monica Boulevard at 18th Street during an early morning jog. Her death was the fifth traffic-related fatality...

Bayside Owners Association’s Quest for Armed Personnel on the Promenade

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This is part 2 of a series on Downtown Santa Monica.  Part 3 will look at the close relationship between council members and the Santa Monica Bayside Owners Association. Part 1 can be read,...

Santa Monica Kicks Off 2017 by Doubling Down on Plans for a Sustainable Future

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While the incoming president has threatened to turn back many of the gains made in environmental conservation and fighting global climate change, Santa Monica remains committed to being a sustainability leader in 2017 and...

Big Changes Likely In Store for Summer Pier Concert Series, But Will It Be...

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The Santa Monica Pier Corporation Board Wednesday night voted to recommend some big changes to the annual summer concert series that has been a mainstay at the Pier for more than three decades. The decision...

Expo Phase 2 Timetable Goes Live at Metro.net

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In case you needed a reminder that, in less than a month, you'll be able to take a train from Downtown Los Angeles to Downtown Santa Monica, Metro.net has posted the official route map...

Dark Money Group “A Brighter Future” Endorses Four Challengers in School Board Race (Updated)

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Endorsements, and mailers that tout those endorsements, are a common place in Santa Monica politics. Local news covers endorsements from political parties such as Santa Monicans for Renters Rights or Santa Monica Forward. Statewide and regional groups such as Streets for All and the Sierra Club blast out endorsement announcements to hundreds or thousands of people on mailing lists. 

Staff Report Shows Nearly All Development Agreements Paying Off for Santa Monica

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In order to assure the city benefits from some of the larger real estate development projects in town, the City Council negotiates development agreements (DAs) which guarantee affordable housing, traffic mitigation, money for parks, and...

Workers at Two New Santa Monica Hotels Win Union Representation

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Staff at two new Downtown Santa Monica hotels will join the local hospitality workers union after the 70 workers voted to unionize, a vote which was recognized by hotel management last week. A majority of the...

Santa Monica’s Assembly Rep. Wants California to Have a State Dinosaur

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State Assemblymember Richard Bloom (D-Santa Monica) thinks it's about time California got an official dinosaur. Bloom, who sat on the Santa Monica City Council from 1999 until 2012, has introduced AB 1504, which would make Augustynolophus morissi...

Major Collision Closes One of Santa Monica’s Busiest Intersections Wednesday

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A multiple-vehicle crash that injured two, including someone riding a bike, closed the intersection at Colorado and Ocean Avenue, one of the city's busiest, for several hours Wednesday afternoon. A woman in her 80s hit two other...
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